Disabled artist residency at ARC

Disabled artist residency at ARC

A disabled performance poet and theatre maker has been chosen to benefit from ARC’s disabled artist residency.

The disabled residency opportunity has been made possible by Cultural Shift, a funded programme of arts activity based at ARC for disabled people.

The residency offers a unique and valuable opportunity for disabled theatre makers to have a dedicated and stimulating space to work, write and rehearse a brand new piece of theatre.

Rowan James will be spending time at the Stockton venue from Monday 15 August to develop some ideas for a brand new play, which will incorporate a mix of poetry and physical performance. It will also explore how poetry, sign language and dance can all come together to form something incredible.

LATE is Scotland's first fully inclusive club night for people with learning disabilities

LATE is Scotland's first fully inclusive club night for people with learning disabilities

LATE is Scotland's first Fully fully inclusive club night -Dates n Mates, a Glasgow based dating agency for people with learning difficulties, and C-Change, a supported living charity, to launch Scotland’s first and only inclusive nightclub. With music from Capital FM radio DJ Garry Spence and DJ Bowers, who is supported by C-Change, LATE provides people with and without disabilities with the opportunity to enjoy a safe, exciting nightclub experience.

LATE is Scotland's first fully inclusive club night

LATE is Scotland's first fully inclusive club night

East Renfrewshire Disability Action (ERDA) was launched at the Barriers & Bridges Community Conference event in March 2011, then as now, it is important there is local disability organisation to raise the issues and concerns of disabled people at a local and national level. This has been the case since our beginnings but has become even more so as disabled people are disproportionally negatively impacted by the unfair and unjust Westminster welfare cuts as well as cuts, increased charges and changes to various local authority services that disabled people use. These policies and decisions maintain and reinforce the social, physical, attitudinal, cultural and economic barriers that prevent disabled people taking up our rightful role as full and equal citizens.

Ottobock Ambassador and wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn has been selected to represent GB in Rio

Ottobock Ambassador and wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn has been selected to represent GB in Rio

Commenting on the announcement of Ottobock ambassador Samantha (Sammi) Kinghorn being selected to be part of the track and field British Paralympic Wheelchair Racing team heading to Rio, Phil Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock, said:

“We are ecstatic that Sammi has been selected to represent GB in her discipline of Wheelchair Racing. She has again and again amazed us with her talent and tenacity. She is a true inspiration to other and we are privileged to have her as an ambassador.”

WingWalking women reach for the skies for epilepsy

WingWalking women reach for the skies for epilepsy

Team of women completed a Wingwalk on Sunday, 10 July in Upminster to raise funds for national charity Young Epilepsy.

The super six, Emily Donoghue, Rebecca Turnbull, Vicki Kennedy, Monika Skrzypczak, Jane Moss and Sarah Nicholls, took it in turns to be strapped to the wing of a biplane as it took flight at the Damyns Hall aerodrome in Essex. The #ComeFlyWithYE team have raised £4,255.00 so far, which will go towards purchasing new equipment for the classrooms of the new specialist school at Young Epilepsy’s campus. 

Clothes for sitting posture to change fashion for wheelchair users

Wheelchair users fed up with clothes designed for able-bodied people could soon benefit from a knitwear range which centres on a sitting posture.

Nottingham Trent University Masters student Sophie Neff created her own brand, Inclusive Knits, to address what she sees as gap in the market, particularly for men.

The 25-year-old – who’s studying MA Fashion Knitwear Design at the university’s School of Art & Design – created a range which is more practical and comfortable for people who have to sit for the majority of the day, but which are just as wearable when standing.

Wyre forest's fitness role model revealed as national finalist in the gym's unsung heroes of fitness & sport awards

Elaine Ball, a 62-year-old from Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, has been named as Wyre Forest’s most inspiring and dedicated sport and fitness role model after being shortlisted as a national finalist for The Gym Group’s Unsung Heroes of Sport & Fitness Awards.  The awards seek to recognise incredible individuals in the local community who have motivated women to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. 

Elaine has become a pillar of the community after she launched a range of exercise classes for women over the age of 55 in the Wyre Forest area. Her classes are highly popular and especially designed to meet the needs of older members of the community with a wide range of music to get more women, more active.

Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology Guide Launched for People with Sight Loss

A new Guide on Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology claims that recent technological advances are creating solutions to everyday challenges for people with sight loss. Launched by Thomas Pocklington Trust, the cutting-edge Guide covers a broad range of high-and low-tech products used for a variety of activities around the home, from online shopping and reading to health and fitness.

Assistive technology is designed with the visually impaired user in mind, from sock-locks to peg your pairs together, to reading machines with text-to-speech software.

Event held at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to help save the lives of those with a blood cancer

A very successful event to help save the lives of those with a blood cancer was held at Blackpool Victoria Hospital this week. Huge numbers of people took a few minutes out of their day to swab the inside of their cheeks to register as potential blood stem cell donors with the charity DKMS at the event, while hundreds of pounds was raised for DKMS and the children’s ward at the hospital.

The event was organised by Amith and Louise Paramel, a married couple who work as a doctor and nurse at the hospital, and who volunteer for DKMS. A blood stem cell donation is the only chance of survival for many blood cancer patients who will die if a matching donor isn’t found for them. Sadly, many patients will not find a matching donor.

Only 2 months until the North’s largest independent living event….

DNEX, the North’s largest independent living event will take place on September 21st and 22nd 2016 at Newcastle Racecourse, opening at 10 A.M. daily. DNEX will be opened by acclaimed Metro Radio DJ and ‘Night Owls’ host Alan Robson.

With over 100 exhibitors showcasing services and products ranging from sensory toys to wheelchair covers, from aids for healthcare professionals to moving & handling equipment, from accessible holidays to digital aids and from driveway adaptations to convenience foods, DNEX is a must-attend event for disabled people, older adults, healthcare professionals, carers and anyone with an interest in disability.

Introducing the WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is a relatively new body established in 2015 in order to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to play snooker competitively.

A sport with few barriers to disabled players, snooker was included in the Paralympics as recently as 1988 and there is now a renewed push to see the sport return to the elite stage.

The work of the WDBS is a key part of this ambition and with the support of parent company the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (the sport’s world governing body) already three events have been staged across the UK since November 2015.

Titanic Belfast New Product Offering ‘in the Bag’

Titanic Belfast’s retail offering adds a new product line in partnership with Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL), a leading provider that helps people with disabilities and health related conditions into employment in Northern Ireland, as part of its Year of Access.

The world-class visitor attraction is working with the organisation’s trading brand, the Vintage Satchel Company, which delivers direct employment to people with disabilities in North Belfast, to sell authentic local products.

What is CRPS and what can we do about it?

Anyone with the misfortune of living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) will tell you that is a horrendous condition which has a severe impact on your everyday life.

Tasks such as getting dressed, walking up and down stairs and cooking a meal, which so many of us take for granted, can be highly difficult for people with CRPS, and while the majority of CRPS cases are capable of being treated, there is no proven scientific cure for the condition.

Mencap respond to 40% increase in disability hate crimes in past year


The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures showing the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by 41.3% in the last year. Mencap issue the below statement highlighting the need for everyone in the criminal justice system to take disability hate crime seriously and apply the full strength of the law.

Dan Scorer, Head of Policy at the learning disability charity Mencap said: “Hate crimes against disabled people have been under-reported, not been identified and not charged appropriately by police, meaning perpetrators have not been brought to justice. Prosecution rates have been as low as 1% in recent years, giving disabled people little confidence that reporting hate crime will lead to action being taken.

Revitalise receives world first accessible German beach chair


Charity Revitalise receives world first World’s first accessible German beach chair donated to disabled people’s charity by Lower Saxony with the German National Tourist Office 

The world’s first and only accessible strandkorb – a traditional German covered beach chair – was presented to the disabled people’s charity Revitalise by Lower Saxony, Germany, in co-operation with the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) at a ceremony in London yesterday. The unique, accessible strandkorb, which enables a wheelchair user to sit in comfort, sheltered from the elements, in the company of non-disabled friends and/or carers, was created by Lower Saxony to promote its commitment to fully accessible tourism in Germany.